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Spring Lobby Weekend

March 17-20, 2018 in Washington, DC

Our fight for a just immigration system is building, but we have much work to do. We need to say loudly and clearly that we don’t want a border wall and we do want a path to legal status for the millions people who have been living in the shadows for decades.

We want immigrants to be welcomed in this country and our communities – not deported or denied entry. That’s why we need you to come to FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend to learn how to effectively lobby your government. You’ll join hundreds of young adults get lobby training, learn through policy briefings, and network with passionate advocates like yourself.

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows.

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Can't be in Washington for Spring Lobby Weekend? You can still help bring this message to Capitol Hill.

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National Press Club (Saturday-Monday)

529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045

Lutheran Church of the Reformation (Tuesday)

212 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

Tentative Schedule

Saturday March 17 - National Press Club

Build Bridges Not Walls
  • 12:00 Registration Opens - NPC Foyer
  • 1:00 Welcome and opening - Ballroom
    • Diane Randall, FCNL Executive Secretary
    • Katie Breslin, FCNL
    • Leona Amosah, FCNL
  • 1:30 Immigration and racial justice - Ballroom
    • Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune
  • 2:00 Why are we here? - Ballroom
  • 2:45 Break
  • 3:00 The stories we bring - Ballroom
  • 4:00 Why Quakers care about immigration - Ballroom
    • Bridget Moix, Clerk, FCNL General Committee
  • 4:30 Silent reflection - Ballroom
  • 4:45 Program ends
  • 5:30 Public witness - Lafayette Square
  • Dinner on your own

Sunday, March 18 - National Press Club

  • 8:30 Breakfast - Fourth Estate
  • 9:00 Opening worship - Ballroom
  • 9:30 Introduction to the lobbying ask - Ballroom
    • Hannah Graf Evans, FCNL
  • 10:00 United We Dream agenda - Ballroom
    • Greisa Martinez Rosas, United We Dream
  • 11:00 Small group discussions on hard questions
  • 12:00 Lunch: "Birds of a feather" tables - Fourth Estate
  • 1:30 Breakout sessions
    • Panel: Voices from the border - Ballroom
      • Jessica Cobian, Sojourners
      • Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
      • Becca Eastwood, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
    • Panel: United We Dream - Holeman Lounge
      • Ambar Pinto, United We Dream
      • Juan Manuel Guzman, United We Dream
    • Interactive Workshop: Working with the media - White
      • Connor Wall, former Advocacy Corps Organizer
      • Maiya Zwerling, FCNL
    • Interactive workshop: Artivism - First Amendment Lounge
      • Joey Hartmann-Dow, FCNL Friend in Washington
  • 2:45 Break
  • 3:00 Breakout sessions
    • Panel: Other ways to advocate - Ballroom
      • Paola Marquez, CLINIC
      • Danny Cendejas, Detention Watch Network
      • Peniel Ibe, American Friends Service Committee
    • Information session: Challenging the militarization of police - Advocacy Corps 2018-2019 - Holeman Lounge
      • Katie Breslin, FCNL
      • Advocacy Corps Organizers
    • Interactive workshop: Artivism - First Amendment Lounge
      • Joey Hartmann-Dow, FCNL Friend in Washington
  • 4:00 Lobby training for people lobbying on Monday - White
  • 4:30 Optional debrief sessions - Ballroom
  • 5:30 Closing/Dinner on your own

Monday March 19 - National Press Club

  • 8:00 Breakfast - Fourth Estate
  • 9:00 Congressional Staff Panel - Ballroom
  • 10:00 Lobby training - Ballroom
  • 12:00 Lunch - Fourth Estate
  • 1:30 Keynote: Hear it from Congress - Ballroom
    • Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY)
  • 2:00 Questions about lobby ask
  • 3:00 Breakout sessions
    • Panel: Crimmigration - Criminalization of communities of color - Ballroom
      • Patrice Lawrence, Undocublack Network
      • Julie Mao, National immigration Project
      • Heidi Altman, National Immigration Justice Center
    • Interactive Workshop: Centering the immigration ask within a faith context - Holeman Lounge
      • Diana Pliego, National Immigration Law Center
      • Sana Rizvi, NETWORK
      • Elizabeth Leff, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism
      • Pastor Marquez Bell, Uplift Church
    • Interactive Workshop: Working with the media - White
      • Connor Wall, former Advocacy Corps Organizer
      • Maiya Zwerling, FCNL
  • 4:30 Breakout Sessions End
  • 5:00 Program at National Press Club Ends

Tuesday March 20 - Lutheran Church of the Reformation

  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Congressional Keynote - Sanctuary
    • Congressman Jim Himes (CT)
  • 9:00 Congressional Keynote - Sanctuary
    • Congressman Luis Gutierrez (NY)
  • 9:00 Photo in front of the Capitol
  • 9-4:00 Lobbying
  • 4:00 Program ends, take what you learned home!
Students hold Spring Lobby Weekend sign
Students hold Spring Lobby Weekend sign

[LEFT] Students from Scattergood Friends School. Emily Sajewski / FCNL [RIGHT] A Spring Lobby Weekend participant takes a selfie with Sen. Cory Booker (NJ). Chris Letts / FCNL


Greisa Martinez Rosas

  • Advocacy Director, United We Dream

Greisa Martinez is Advocacy Director at the United We Dream Network. Originally from Hidalgo, Mexico, Greisa immigrated to the U.S. with her family at an early age and grew up in Dallas, TX as an undocumented immigrant.

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune

  • Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice

Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune is spiritually and professionally gifted and diverse. Her passion for social justice is matched only by her desire to serve the Lord and her love for her family.

Bridget Moix

  • US Senior Representative and Head of Advocacy, Peace Direct

Bridget has worked for 20 years on international peace and conflict issues, with a focus on US foreign policy. Prior to joining Peace Direct as Senior US Representative and Head of Advocacy, she was part of its founding US board for four years. From 2013-2015, Bridget served as Atrocity Prevention Fellow with USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Jim Himes

  • United States Representative (CT-4)

Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

Adriano Espaillat

  • United States Representative (NY-13)

U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat proudly represents New York’s Thirteenth Congressional District. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, during the 115th Congress.

Panelists and Workshop Facilitators 

Spring Lobby Weekend 2018

Learn more about our panelists and workshop facilitators at Spring Lobby Weekend 2018.


  • The event will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
  • March 17-20, 2018
  • $50 regular registration/$25 reduced rate


FCNL has reserved a large block of housing at a hostel near the Spring Lobby Weekend venue. If you are interested in arranging housing through FCNL, you can indicate this on your registration.

Limited is available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights for $45 per night. There is financial support available to lessen or cover the cost of housing.

Financial Support

Due to the popularity of Spring Lobby Weekend, we have currently run out of financial aid awards. We are trying to secure additional funds, so you may still apply for financial aid with the possibility of receiving some aid. In the interim, please seek out alternative financial aid resources.

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